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March 8, 2004 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
In households with young children, they have become a standard fixture sinkside. Foamy, glittery, neon-colored or fruity, antibacterial soaps are to today's parents what a warm hat was to their parents: a guardian against illness and a visible yardstick of good parenting. As it turns out, plain soap would do just as well. (But don't forget your hat.
October 25, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Lemons are so handy in the kitchen. Sure, they're great for flavor, but it's so easy to overlook how indispensable they can be as a natural kitchen cleanser. Here are a few quick tips and cleaning uses for lemons: Garbage disposal deodorizer. Chop up a lemon (or lemon peel, or orange) and throw it in the disposal before running. Your kitchen will go from funky to fresh in no time. Soak mineral deposits, scum and build-up with a little lemon juice. The juice will soften the build-up for easy removal.
May 17, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
With peanut allergy the third most common allergy in young children and the most common in older kids, teens and adults, there's been considerable discussion of how best to protect allergic people from inadvertent exposure to peanuts. Soap-free hand sanitizers apparently aren't enough.
April 24, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Six teenagers have shown up in two San Fernando Valley emergency rooms in the last few months with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer, worrying public health officials who say the cases could signal a dangerous trend. Some of the teenagers used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a potent drink that is similar to a shot of hard liquor. "All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager," said Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for the county public health department and a medical toxicology consultant for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
April 26, 1992
I've learned through PETA that household cleansers are poured into the eyes of immobilized and conscious rabbits so that the products can bear a warning saying, "Don't put this in your eyes." Because of Newkirk and her ilk, it's now possible to walk into a supermarket and find all kinds of non-animal-tested products labeled as such. How many of us would do as much toward making the world a kinder, saner place? LORRAINE FEATHER La Crescenta
When 23 Junior ROTC students were rushed to local hospitals a few years ago after being overcome by fumes, officials first assumed they had a major toxic scare on their hands. But they discovered that the sickening fumes were caused by a seemingly innocent mistake: cadets adding bleach to floor cleaner while cleaning a restroom. Mixing cleaning products is considered one of the most common household hazards, though experts say many people don't know about the danger until it's too late.
Los Angeles fire officials graphically showed the dangers of using gasoline as a cleaning fluid Thursday by igniting a demonstration fire on the charred site of a gasoline explosion that left a Sun Valley man critically injured and his family homeless.
The first U.S. climber to conquer Mt. Everest now aspires to be the Fuller Brush man of environmentalism. Jim Whittaker, who climbed the Himalayan peak in 1963, has launched a direct-sales company to market environmentally benign household products. More than 800 part-time environmentalists/entrepreneurs in Oregon and Washington already preach preservation while they sell cleansers, soaps and toilet paper through Greenway, Whittaker's 2-year-old firm. His next target market: California.
In these germ-phobic times, you begin to wonder: Just how long do you have before lurking viruses and bacteria take you down? Oh, but this is America, land of the pre-moistened towelettes, where scary-sounding microbes--think flesh-eating bacteria, if you will--purportedly can be warded off with a little know-how. Walk into any Gelson's market, for instance.
Laundry detergents entered the American home 60 years ago. Before that, soaps prevailed. The difference between the two is considerable. Soaps, which go back to antiquity, consist mostly of animal or vegetable oils that work with water to remove dirt from fabrics, provided the water is warm, soft and non-acidic and is agitated throughout the process. As long as fats and oils were plentiful, soaps could do the job of keeping clothes clean.
January 2, 2010 | By Amina Khan
Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists report in the January issue of the journal Microbiology. Researchers from the National University of Ireland in Galway studied lab cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa , which lives in soil and water.
December 3, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
For years before the mid-1980s, groundwater in parts of Southern California was contaminated with toxic solvents, yet the federal body responsible for tracking this didn't investigate the potential health threat to people who were drinking contaminated tap water. A congressional committee is now investigating why that neglect occurred. Here's a closer look at what scientists know about the main solvents of concern and their health effects.
June 3, 2007 | David Colker
The warning: Children are getting drunk on hand sanitizer! The reality: It's true, according to The message: The e-mail warning that's going around on this topic has all the earmarks of a classic online myth. There's the breathless prose, the seemingly outlandish situation and one of the hallmarks of inbox fabrications -- children in danger. But the reliable Snopes.
April 11, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Was a legendary punk rocker arrested for possession of ... soap? That's the question surrounding last week's jailing of Germs drummer Don Bolles after a traffic stop in Newport Beach. Bolles, 50, whose real name is Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, said in an interview that he and his girlfriend were driving to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Wednesday evening when police pulled over his 1968 Dodge van for a broken taillight.
November 6, 2005 | Diane Haithman
IT seems unlikely that playwright David Mamet, known for his liberal use of profanity, will ever clean up his language. But thanks to cast member and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr., a lot of other cleaning up is going on behind the scenes at the Mark Taper Forum, where Mamet's newest play, "Romance," is currently onstage until Nov. 20.
October 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Popular antibacterial soaps and washes offer no more protection than regular soap and water, a federal advisory panel said Thursday, telling companies to prove their products are better if they expect to continue making claims to the public. The independent expert panel, which advises the Food and Drug Administration, said in an 11-1 vote that it saw no added benefits to antibacterials when compared with soapy hand-washing.
February 1, 1988 | DAVID OLMOS, Times Staff Writer
Japanese consumers have shunned American-made cars, but they've taken a shine to a California-bred gadget that keeps their Hondas and Nissans looking spiffy. In 1987, Turbo-Tek Enterprises sold 635,000 of its Turbo-Wash spray washers to Japan, ringing up $6 million in sales. The Los Angeles company's worldwide Turbo-Wash sales reached $26 million last year. Turbo-Wash, which has been a hit in the United States as well as Japan, is a 36-inch plastic wand that attaches to a garden hose.
March 26, 1998 | VANESSA HUA
Household cleaners, traditionally known for their harsh odors, these days are smelling like a rose. Taking their cue from the growing popularity of fragrant candles, bath salts and body lotions, marketers are introducing laundry detergents and cleaners with the scents of fruit, flowers and the great outdoors. Consumers can now wash their clothes in grape-scented laundry detergent and tumble them with "spring breeze" dryer sheets.
September 12, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
THE start of the school year often brings sniffles and stomach bugs, but a simple hand cleaner could cut the sickness toll. New research shows that alcohol-based hand sanitizers can significantly reduce the spread of gastrointestinal illness and may also protect against respiratory infections. "Hand sanitizers reduce bacteria counts on hands more than just washing," says Thomas J. Sandora, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Boston who led the research.
September 13, 2004 | By Ronald D. White
Silvia Cordero eyed the row of disinfecting gels, soaps and hand sanitizers at a Rite Aid in Culver City with the intensity of a drill sergeant preparing troops for a skirmish with the H1N1 flu virus. "They're going in my car, in my desk at work and in my sons' backpacks," the 28-year-old said. "I don't really like the way any of them feel on my skin, but they might help keep us healthy." Concerns about the contagiousness and severity of the H1N1 flu strain have generated a boom in the hand-sanitizer market.
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